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Clare00014
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Hi,
I changed my pill a while ago in my pill free week (starting on the monday after my last active pill from the other brand taken on the sunday)but had unprotected sex the saturday of that week (when I started the new pills in my pill free week.) Was I still protected since I'd taken all the pills in my previous packet correctly and started my new pills in the pill-free week? Would taking my new pills in the pill-free week have been enough time for it to be effective on monday after unprotected sex when the protection from my old pills would have stopped? Also, does taking a pill 9 hours late make it any less effective as one of the pills taken in that week was taken 9 hours after my normal time? Thank you [Smile]

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Heather
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Unprotected sex is really a term meant to be used about condoms, particularly, so it gets a little tricky used otherwise.

Am I understanding correctly that the only time between one pack of pills and another you had was your placebo week? If so, then you still would have been using a birth control method.

If it's that you skipped a placebo week from your old brand and started a new brand that week, you still would have had the pill's full effectiveness so long as you otherwise take pills properly (which includes taking them on time, and while proper use really means taking them the same time of day, not nine hours apart, with combined pills you do have a 12 hour grace period before a pill is late).

The part where effectiveness becomes an issue with pills is if anyone is skipping or missing active pills or is taking longer than seven days off a pill during the placebo week.

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Clare00014
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Yes, I missed my placebo week to start the new brand. So the new pill would definitely have been effective after my placebo week and therefore I had no increased risk of pregnancy despite my pill being taken later than usual?

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Heather
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If you took the new pills correctly, yep, there is no cause for concern about any interruption in your effectiveness, just like there would not be had you taken the next pack of your previous brand that way.

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Okay, thank you for your reassurance [Smile]
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Heather
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Sure thing. [Smile]

And you're aware, yes, that the pill offers no STI protection, and if you want that, you need to also use condoms and other barriers?

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Clare00014
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Yep I'm aware of that- we have both been tested so I know that there is no risk of STIs! Thank you again [Smile]
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Low risk -- never no risk any time any of us are doing the things where STIs can be transmitted, not never, and if you partner has a penis, they can't even be tested for HPV, so -- but great.

Just making sure. [Smile]

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Clare00014
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Hi, I have another quick question, I was sick the other day 12 hours after taking my pill. I assumed it would have been absorbed by then and therefore the pill effectiveness not reduced, is this correct? Just wanted to double check [Smile]
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Yep! That's enough time for the pill to be absorbed in your body.
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Cool, just double checking! Thank you for your help [Smile]
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